Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PREPARE FOR HEAVY THANKSGIVING TRAFFIC WITH 511


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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                    
Nov. 20, 2012                                                                                                                                    

For more information:
Christie Hyde
511 Public Information Officer

PREPARE FOR HEAVY THANKSGIVING TRAFFIC WITH 511
Know Before You Go with FDOT’s 511 Traveler Information System

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Motorists can expect more than two million travelers on Florida roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with the majority of travelers planning to leave Wednesday and return on Sunday, according to AAA. Travelers can use the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) 511 Traveler Information System to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more on all of Florida’s interstates and toll roads.

For traffic updates, travelers can call 511 toll free, visit FL511.com, download the 511 app on iTunes or follow 511 on Twitter. For custom alerts, travelers can register for My Florida 511 personalized services on FL511.com. Users can register their route online to hear information on that route first when calling 511. Travelers also can register to receive traffic alerts via phone call, text message or email.

“Millions will take to Florida roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Elizabeth Birriel, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Manager, FDOT. “We encourage travelers to plan ahead by using Florida’s 511 traffic resources to identify the best routes and ensure they give themselves enough time to reach their destinations safely.”

Nationwide, AAA forecasts 39.1 million Americans will travel by automobile during Thanksgiving, accounting for approximately 90 percent of all holiday travelers.

In addition to traffic information on Florida roadways, travelers also can receive public transit, airport and seaport information by calling 511 in addition to being transferred to 511 systems in Georgia and Louisiana if they are traveling out of Florida for the holiday. Florida 511 travel alerts are available in both English and Spanish.

FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 while on the road or pull over to avoid distracted driving.

For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the Florida 511 Twitter feeds for traffic updates:


Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips
·         Call 511 before driving, at a rest area or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving
·         Customize your trip at FL511.com before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone
·         Check 511 for travel times and allow yourself ample time to reach your destination
·         Always wear a safety belt
·         Don’t drink and drive

Florida 511 Features
·         Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways
·         Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction
·         Public transit, airport and seaport information
·         AMBER, Silver and LEO Alerts (Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.)
·         FL511.com provides travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and e-mail, text and phone call alerts
·         Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511
·         The 511 phone call and FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish

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